The book of songs the ancient chinese classic of poetry arthur waley stephen owen on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers one of the five confucian classics the book of songs shijing is the oldest collection of poetry in world literature and the finest treasure of traditional songs left from antiquity. Chinese poetry the earliest chinese poetry begins with the shih ching a collection of 305 poems of varying length drawn from all ranks of chinese societythe title shih ching is usually translated in english as the book of songs or sometimes as the odesshih means song wordsching can mean classic or traditional or in the context of literature it means writings or scripture. The first song of the classic of poetry handwritten by the qianlong emperor with accompanying painting language old chinese subject ancient chinese poetry and song classic of poetry classic of poetry in seal script top traditional middle and simplified bottom chinese characters. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for the book of songs the ancient chinese classic of poetry at amazoncom read the book of songs the ancient chinese classic of poetry and crystal clear translations plus a valuable study of the history and content of this collection of some 300 poems from ancient china in my view . Joseph r allens new edition of the book of songs restores arthur waleys definitive english translations to the original order and structure of the two thousand year old chinese text one of the five confucian classics the book of songs is the oldest collection of poetry in world literature and the finest treasure of traditional songs that antiquity has left us
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